Many families know about boarding school, but they assume that this option is available only to students in grades 9 through 12. Junior boarding schools serve younger students (here at Fay, our boarders are in grades 7-9), and they offer middle schoolers unique opportunities and thorough preparation for the road ahead.
1. Uma abordagem equilibrada
Many junior boarding schools employ a “whole-child” approach that addresses every aspect of student development, from classroom learning to physical and emotional well-being. Here at Fay, we focus on helping students learn how to be good students and good people: the academic curriculum is complemented by daily participation on athletic teams, music and art classes, opportunities to lead in community service and student government, and after-school clubs that include robotics, the student newspaper, songwriting, and contest math. Balance is a focus of the program: personal technology like laptops and cell phones are locked away for most of each day, for example, so students can fully immerse themselves in school life without digital distractions.
2. Currículo inovador e novas perspectivas
Os internatos juniores têm a vantagem de poder projetar e implementar um currículo que desafia e inspira seus alunos. Em turmas pequenas, os alunos aprendem a explorar idéias de diferentes perspectivas, a pensar criticamente e a desenvolver suas próprias interpretações do material. Aqui na Fay, por exemplo, nossos alunos da nona série têm a oportunidade de fazer eletivas únicas como Diagnosticar o Mundo Moderno, uma aula combinada de ciência e história onde os alunos exploram questões atuais como o acesso global a alimentos e água, tanto do ponto de vista histórico como científico.
3. Uma população estudantil diversificada
The United States boasts a diverse population, and this holds true for its junior boarding schools as well. Students who attend American schools learn side-by-side with students and teachers from a wide range of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. At Fay, our boarders come from more than 25 countries, and they are paired with roommates whose native languages are different. Our students have regular opportunities to participate in meaningful conversations about identity through our Community Connections program, and beloved school traditions like Taste of Nations give our students ways to celebrate the range of cultures in our community. Being part of an authentically diverse community at an early age helps children develop the empathy and understanding they will need to be part of an increasingly global society.
4. Excelentes professores
American educators are known for having some of the most extensive training and experience in the world. Ninety percent of the faculty at Fay School hold master’s degrees in teaching or in their subject area, and many are published authors and experts in their fields. Furthermore, they are middle school experts and know how to support the developmental needs of adolescents. At a junior boarding school, living on campus provides the added bonus of allowing students to build meaningful connections with their teachers, who also serve as their coaches, dorm parents, and advisors.
5. Forte instrução de inglês
Pesquisas mostram que a imersão lingüística ajuda os estudantes a desenvolver habilidades cognitivas e de comunicação em uma idade precoce. Além do trabalho diário nas aulas, os internatos americanos motivam seus alunos a aprender inglês, proporcionando atividades divertidas que promovem o aprendizado da língua imersiva, tais como clubes e atividades extracurriculares. Algumas escolas, como a Fay, também oferecem ensino direcionado da língua inglesa a falantes não nativos que desejam desenvolver ainda mais suas habilidades de leitura, escrita e conversação em inglês.
6. Expert secondary school counselors
After attending junior boarding school in the United States, many students go on to enroll in top U.S. secondary schools. In turn, these schools prepare students well for an American college experience. Junior boarding schools provide students with opportunities to build English skills, integrate with a new culture and environment, participate in extracurricular activities, practice leadership, and develop the academic skills that will help them to be more compelling candidates for secondary school. At Fay, our dedicated team of four secondary school counselors work closely with parents to help them find schools that are a good match for their child. Our counselors also guide students as they write their applications and help them prepare for the all-important secondary school interview. (You can see the list of where our students attend secondary school here.)
O objetivo final de qualquer pai ou mãe é preparar seu filho ou sua filha para o sucesso, não importa a forma que essa viagem possa tomar. Optar por enviar seu filho a um internato júnior de primeira linha nos Estados Unidos pode ser o primeiro passo perfeito.